Culture Matters is excited to invite you to the first in a monthly series of online readings on Saturday the 4th of September at 7:00 PM. GMT. The event is hosted by Culture Matters and features two Culture Matters poets alongside two guest poets from a fellow independent press.
The idea behind this reading series is very simple: to build solidarity between small presses and emerging artists. We feel there is too much emphasis on competition within contemporary poetry, and we want to push back against this trend. Poetry is big enough for all of us, and we are stronger together.
This month we are proud to be hosting Verve Poetry Press, and our readers are Culture Matters' own Rebecca Lowe and Jim Aitken with Verve's Rushika Wick and Golnoosh Nour.
Rebecca Lowe is a poet, singer and activist based in Swansea, Wales. Her first collection, Blood and Water, was published by The Seventh Quarry in November 2020. Her latest, Our Father Eclipse, published by Culture Matters in 2021, is a visionary response to the strange world we find ourselves living in - a post-Truth political world of pandemic and looming climate catastrophe, where neoliberal capitalism has demonstrably failed. Part socialist vision, part dystopian nightmare, it challenges the reader to image new words and envision new worlds.
Jim Aitken is a poet, dramatist and essayist. He also tutors in Scottish Cultural Studies in Edinburgh and works with the Council's Outlook programme for people with mental health issues. He has several literary and cultural essays on the CM website. Last year he edited A Kist of Thistles: radical poetry from Scotland and this year a companion prose version called Ghosts of the Early Morning Shift, is also due to be published soon.
Rushika Wick is a poet, doctor and children’s rights advocate who is interested in how social structures and relationships impact the body. She has performed with the Cold Lips Magazine collective in London, Rough Night Press (Amsterdam) and Skylark (Norwich) communities. Her work has been published in literary magazines including Ambit, Datableed and Tentacular and within anthologies including Fool-saint (Tangerine Press), Alter Egos (Bad Betty Press) and Smear (Andrews McMeel). Her debut collection, Afterlife As Trash was published this year by Verve Poetry Press.
Golnoosh Nour is the author of The Ministry of Guidance and Other Stories– recently shortlisted for the Polari Prize. Her poetry collection Rocksong will be published in October by Verve Poetry Press. Golnoosh teaches Creative Writing at the University of Reading. She’s the co-editor of Magma 80 and the anthology Queer Life, Queer Love forthcoming with Muswell Press.
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The event itself is free, but we will be passing the virtual hat (see below) on the night in support of the series. Please do share among your networks, and feel free to make a donation in support of the series. We hope to see you there!
Fran Lock Ph.D. is a writer, activist, and the author of seven poetry collections and numerous chapbooks. She is an Associate Editor of Culture Matters.